Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, which began today at Bay Oval Stadium in New Zealand, was commemorated with a Google Doodle. On Friday, at 6:30 a.m. IST, the 12th edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup began. Six female cricketers are depicted in the doodle playing the game in front of an audience.

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 was commemorated in a Google doodle today, with the tournament starting after delays as the world dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament was originally scheduled for early 2021, with eight teams competing against each other. After coronavirus-related travel restrictions were lifted in March of this year, the game could finally begin.

Meanwhile, Australia, the six-time champion, is favored to win the Women’s Cricket World Cup, which begins on Friday and comes at a critical juncture in the sport, with calls for pay equity and increased global exposure for the women’s game. Australia is in top form heading into the tournament opener against defending champion England on Saturday, as evidenced by a comprehensive win in the recent Ashes series.

New Zealand defeated Australia in a warm-up match and will face the West Indies in the first match on Friday at Bay Oval in Tauranga, with only a small crowd in attendance. New Zealand is dealing with a Covid-19 omicron outbreak causing over 20,000 cases per day, and attendance will be limited to 10% of venue capacity.

Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, India, and Bangladesh compete in an eight-team round-robin tournament. The 50-over matches will be held at six different locations, necessitating extensive internal travel. Covid-19 will be a constant threat throughout the tournament, but extraordinary contingency plans have been put in place to ensure that matches are played as smoothly as possible.

In March 2020, Australia won the women’s Twenty20 World Cup on home soil, defeating India in the final in front of over 86,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the last major event held before the global pandemic shutdown.

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